Today’s business moves very quickly and is heavily impacted by the latest trends. Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter not only give business owner’s access to ten’s of thousands of potential customers, and they are FREE.
If you think that these networks are Fad’s or “time wasters”, think again! Here are some amazing stat’s;
By 2010 Gen Y will out number Baby Boomers and 96% of them have joined a social network.
Facebook added 100 Million users in just 9 months, and if it were a country it would be the worlds 4th largest.
80% of Twitter usage is on Mobile devices, people update anywhere, anytime. Imagine what that means for BAD customer experiences?
Social Media is not a fad, it is a fundamental shift in how we communicate
We utilize this same technology to market our listings to a whole generation of young, vibrant, business minded...
Well… we have been “kidless” around our house for the last few days, so the wife and I have been enjoying some romantic nights out. My good friend Jared Kichula and his stunning wife Aja have just returned from their honeymoon, so they invited us to join them for dinner at their wonderful restaurant La Vita e Bella, in the historic Dafoe Terrace Building in Victoria Park.
La Vita e Bella has been a labor of love for Jared and Aja, and it shows in every aspect of this warm and sophisticated restaurant. From maintaining the old world feel of the classic brick building, to the pictures on the wall, most of them taken by Aja on their trips to Italy.
We arrived and were greeted by the hostess with a warm smile and taken out to the patio, where our host and his better half were enjoying a glass of wine. Before I can push in Dana’s chair and sit down, a plate of Antipasto...
Well this is a first for me. A client texted me yesterday to let me know that he was sorry that the café in Canmore that he was considering buying had “ditched”. Unsure of what he meant, I called to ask. He informed me that a family member who lives in Canmore was told that the owners of the restaurant had done a “midnight move” and stripped the place bare. Not only that, but they had left a DEAD horse on the front lawn!
Not that I didn’t believe him or his kin, but I had to verify this disturbing turn of events. I called my good friend Frank Barbaro, owner of the great little Italian restaurant Santa Lucia. Frank confirmed that they had done exactly that, and it was a horse skeleton. Seriously….WTF.. why is the realtor always the last to know? Not that I would have showed up with my truck and helped move tables and chairs or anything like that,...
I just want to take a minute to thank the Alefantis Brothers of The Broken Plate Group of Restaurants for the invite to last Saturday's inaugural Greek Poker Tourny. All of the profits went to benefit the Calgary Hellenic Society's Special Projects Fund.
Now... being a poker virgin, I was a little hesitant to sit down at the tables. But after hearing that the 4th place player had never played before, and had a set of rules in his pocket, I am bound and determined to play next time!
The cast of characters in attendance was a who's who of Calgary restaurant owners, but they shall remain nameless, to protect the identity of those who were supposed to be at work!! LOL!! You know who you were! The food was great and a lot of money was raised for a great cause, I am looking forward to the next one, and yes Vic, I am bringing my wallet and my lack of experience with me!
Doing our best to get in a little "no kids/date time" last week, my wife and I managed to escape for a few hours and enjoy some patio time on Stephen Ave. With the weather as warm as it was, the patios were packed, but we were glad to get a space at Divino's. We enjoyed a number of appetizer plates (the House Made Rabbit Sausage was outstanding!), and a great bottle of wine (2007 Robert Weil Riesling). Our server Brett was very well versed on the menu and wine list and made the evening.
While we were sitting, talking and enjoying the night, we were really impressed by a musician who was playing on the mall. Ben Rose has an amazing song list and the crowd was as impressed as we were, even asking him for an encore. I have made his name a an active link, if anyone is thinking of having entertainment for a corporate function or other event or venue, you should really look him up.
Well it was another reason to hire a babysitter and explore the Calgary food scene, my lovely wife's birthday! When our close friends Oliver and Meg Malana (Oliver is the GM of Canadian Linen here in Calgary) heard the reason for the proposed night out, they quickly called one of Oliver's accounts and made reservations. This was my first visit to Il Sogno, so the anticipation was high to sample the culinary artistry I had heard so much about.
We arrived a few minutes early and were greeted with a warm smile and escorted immediately to our table. Our server James was professional, very polite and extremely engaging, so this set the mood for a great dining experience. As many of you know I am not much of a drinker, so Oliver introduced me to a Whisky Sour, while Dana and Meg enjoyed a couple of specialty Martini's. We chose to try Chef de Cuisine Christopher Picek's nightly creation, a five...
It was an amazing night of music, food and friendship at the University of Calgary Theatre on Monday night as the AHEPA Family, The Broken Plate Restaurants and the Alefantis Family sponsored an evening of music to benefit FARA and the search for a cure for Friedreich's Ataxia. This debilitating disease has recently touched the Greek community in Calgary and they rallied to raise as much money as possible to aid in researching a treatment and hopefully a cure. Dana and I were very grateful to be invited to attend this event by our good friend Diane Polesello on behalf of the Alefantis family.
The evening started with an awe inspiring array of food prepared by the talented culinary team from The Broken Plate. As usual, they out did themselves with everything from Thai Chicken in single serving take out boxes to Lobster Claws and my personal favorite, the Duck Cigar's. There was also an excellent...
On Saturday night I met some friends at 1600 World Bier Haus, in the Glenmore Landing Shopping Centre at 90th Ave and 14thStreet SW, to celebrate a birthday. Now, it was a short notice kinda thing, so when it was put together, I got a call asking if there was anyway I might be able to help out with getting us a table. (I know a couple of people in the restaurant and pub biz I guess was the rationale for the call, LOL)
Well... I sheepishly called my good friend George Haralabakos to see if I could impose on him for a favor. Now, when you make this kinda call, it is never for a reservation for 2 on a Tuesday night at 8:45pm....NO... it is always for a party of 19 (18 guys and 1 girl) at 11:oopm on a Saturday and you ask for no line, no cover, the best table in the house and a promo tab! Ok.. I'm exaggerating a little, but non the less, it was a "Hail Mary" request, and my friend...
Once again, Twitter has lead me to another unique find, a Blog by a local Calgary foodie!
If you are into eatin', loungin' or just plain hangin out, this is a great look at the Calgary food scene from the eyes of a local lover of food and traveler. Take a minute and scroll through the tastes and textures of ugonnaeatthat.com. I enjoyed it, and I know you will too!
Bootleggers Sports Bar & Karaoke 3444 - 32 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T1Y 6G8
Having known Rob for more than 20 years, we can say without reservation that he is one of the most honest and hardworking people we know.
Rob’s has a long and proven history in the Food and Beverage Industry and leverages that knowledge every time he works with a client. He has proven this through his work with many of Calgary’s most prominent hospitality groups, including us at Bootleggers.
We would feel very confident in saying that if you are considering a sale or purchase of a restaurant or pub, having a coffee with Rob will help you greatly and give you the edge you need to make your plans a reality.
A perfect location for someone looking to start up a small Quick Service Restaurant in Calgary's very vibrant Beltline District. All the heavy lifting is done, just bring your concept and getting up and running in a very short amount of time.
This is a wonderful opportunity for a new or established stylist to get into their own business. The current owner has been here for 4 years, but opened the shop 13 years ago, sold it and then came back when the opportunity presented itself.
It is the only salon in the area and is servicing Valley Ridge, Crestmont & Springbank and other surrounding area’s. There are 2 wash stations and 4 stylist stations, so you can either staff the salon or rent the chairs out to contractors. Lots of parking in the lot and very easy to find the location. Call for a tour of this great little business.
Do you want to get into the Pizza Business?
You can either keep this as a Franchise store or you can buy it and put in your own concept. At 1137sqft, you have just enough room for a good size kitchen and some storage while not being too big. There are a few seats for people waiting for their orders, or to enjoy a slice.
The store is VERY well outfitted with walk in refrigeration and a large prep area. The Pizza ovens are Garland Air Decks that are in very good shape as well as a new Somerset dough sheeter and a Hatco slice warmer. The equipment is in excellent condition and the store is nice and clean, and ready for a new owner operator. The current owner fully renovated the shop when they bought it, including all new tile.
The location is perfect for a pizza store, with so many positives. It is close to a number of high volume transit routes and the C-Train, on a major roadway with tons of daily traffic, and is in a very busy strip mall. The well-established neighbourhood a great mix of single family homes, as well as lots of multi family rental buildings, these factors are excellent for a pick up and delivery business.
Call if you would like more details or if you would like to set up a tour of store.
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